GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE PLAY CAST - SHOW BILL SIGNED CIRCA 1940 CO-SIGNED BY: MOSS HART, GEORGE S. KAUFMAN, ERNEST TRUEX, JEAN DIXON - HFSID 322035
GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE PLAY CAST Playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and veteran actors Ernest Truex and Jean Dixon, sign the showbill of a pre-Broadway performance of the screwball comedy. Show bill signed: "Ernest Truex", "Geo. S.
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GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE PLAY CAST
Playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and veteran actors Ernest Truex and Jean Dixon, sign the showbill of a pre-Broadway performance of the screwball comedy.
Show bill signed: "Ernest Truex", "Geo. S. Kaufman", "Moss Hart", "Jean Dixon", 2 pages, 6¼x9¼ affixed to a 9x12 sheet. Showbill for a performance of George Washington Slept Here, at Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, September 21, 1940. (The play opened at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on October 18, 1940, running for 173 performances, and was made into a film with a different cast in 1942.) The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes (Of Thee I Sing, 1932 and You Can't Take It With You, 1937), GEORGE S. KAUFMAN (1889-1961) brought satirical, hilarious dialogue to his collaborations and his own plays, including Strike Up the Band, and screenplays (Animal Crackers, A Night at the Opera). American playwright MOSS HART (1904-1961) collaborated with George S. Kaufman in You Can't Take It with You (1936; Pulitzer Prize), I'd Rather Be Right (1937, written with George M. Cohan), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939) and George Washington Slept Here (1940) and on musicals with Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. His most successful musical was Lady in the Dark (1941), written with Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin. In 1956, Hart directed the long-running musical My Fair Lady, for which he won a Tony. Hart, who married actress Kitty Carlisle in 1946, died in 1961 (six months after Kaufman). ERNEST TRUEX (1889-1973) was touring his native Missouri at age 9, reciting Shakespeare on stage. He debuted on Broadway in 1908. He co-starred on New York stages with Lillian Russell, Mary Pickford and all three of his wives (Julia Mills, Mary Jane Barrett and Sylvia Fields). On screen he went from playing comic brats in silent films to playing old men on television. As an adult character actor, he was especially adept at playing milquetoasts: henpecked husbands and ineffectual bosses. Highly competitive in real life, Truex was a notorious scene-stealer, a trait which reportedly got him fired by Ann Sothern from his role as hotel manager on her TV series. Stage and screen actress JEAN DIXON (1896-1981) studied acting under Sarah Bernhardt in France, and appeared in 16 Broadway plays between 1926 and 1960, with major roles in a mix of comedies and dramas. In films from 1929, she was often cast as the street-wise sidekick of the leading lady, a role she filled to perfection for Carole Lombard in My Man Comedy (1936). She appeared in three TV plays late in her career. Heavily stained throughout. Heavily toned. Adhesive residue on top margin of showbill. Pin holes in bottom right corners. Corners worn and creased. Light surface creases. Tears along edges of sheet. Ink notes (unknown hand) on top right corner of sheet. Tape on top right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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